Jaye P. Willis Bio

Jaye P. Willis is a spoken word artist, published author, poet, and playwright from East St. Louis, Illinois.  In 2007, she joined the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club and has had amazing opportunities to travel the United States to attend conferences, book signings, and special events.  Jaye is a featured poet in the 17th edition of Drumvoices Revue, published by Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Crossing the Divide by Dr. Michael Castro, Valley Voices: A Literary Review, published by Mississippi Valley State University and the inaugural issue of Merge Literary Magazine, as well as subsequent issues.  Her book, The Pandemic Prophet, was published in 2022, and is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Jaye also serves in several capacities as a civic leader and community activist.  She is the Executive Director of the East St. Louis Historical Society, Treasurer of the St. Clair County Historical Society, President of the Sr. Thea Bowman School Advisory Board, and Corresponding Secretary of the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. East St. Louis Chapter Associates Group. She additionally serves as a presenter of poetry, writing, and history throughout St. Clair County, IL. In 2024, she served as a discussion panelist for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program at Scott Air Force Base, and as a presenter at the School District 189 Teacher’s Institute Day.